Readers’ corner 6/13/07 |

Readers’ corner 6/13/07

Flag Day is Thursday: In addition to flying the flag, both Elks clubs in our area will honor Flag Day. The Grass Valley Elks will have a flag retirement ceremony with Boy Scouts at 5:30 p.m. today. Then, Frank Herwatt let me know that Nevada City Elks will celebrate Flag Day at 10 a.m. Thursday at the flagpole in front of their lodge, off Highway 49. Frank said, “Flag Day originated in 1907 when the Elks Grand Lodge adopted a resolution designating June 14 as Flag Day. In 1911, the Grand Lodge mandated that all local lodges observe Flag Day with appropriate ceremonies making the Elks the first national fraternal organization to require the observance of Flag Day. On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, permanently designated June 14 as Flag Day by signing an act of Congress. On Thursday, we will honor our flag during a short ceremony and invite local citizens to attend this salute to our country and flag.”

Help Community Center: Bette Worth tells me that Michelle Wasley, our local Tupperware dealer, has provided a catalogue of favorite Tupperware items to be sold through the Community Center until June 22. All proceeds will be dedicated to Rent Dollars for the center. Many items are exclusive to this fundraiser and available only at this time. Center volunteers and staff will have all the information you need to shop for gifts. Call 273-4961 for more info.

Decline in songbirds: Anna Rees alerted me to a review of this book, “Silence of the Songbirds” by Bridget Stutchbury. Part of the review states, “The dramatic decline in songbird populations is a crisis that’s unfolding worldwide,” writes York University professor of biology Bridget Stutchbury. While this change may not at first appear as dangerous as global warming, the ozone hole, overpopulation, increasing pollution or massive deforestation, once again, birds – like the canaries used long ago to alert miners of invisible, fatal underground gases where they worked – have become universal biological indicators of rapidly worsening, urgent environmental troubles. Some estimates set the songbird population loss during the past four decades alone at almost half. Why should we care? Because, Stutchbury explains, ‘Their jobs as pollinators, fruit-eaters, insect-eaters, scavengers and nutrient recyclers will not get done, and this will disrupt ecosystems and affect everyone on the planet.'”

Sammie’s Friends Yard Sale: Claudia Sanford said, “We are having a yard sale to benefit Sammie’s Friends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at 12109 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley. For more information or if readers wish to donate items, please call Claudia at 477-5048.” Her e-mail is If you don’t know, Sammie’s Friends is a fund to pay medical bills for shelter animals and other animals that need medical care. All money goes to the animals – no admin costs!


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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